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BAE Beats Upstart SAIC To Build Marine Amphibious Combat Vehicle

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The initial contract announced today was just $198 million for the first 30 vehicles, to be delivered by next fall, but Marines want to replace approximately 870 existing AAVs with better-protected, more mobile ACVs “as rapidly as we can,” which will take into “the mid to late ’20s.”

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Army Accelerates Armor: Stryker, Trophy, MPF Race To Field

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED with expert comment AUSA: After 15 years of cancellations and delays, the US Army is pushing through some vital upgrades for its armored vehicles. Service leaders recently ordered sweeping reforms to speed up acquisition, but the Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems has already started accelerating. The upgunned Stryker, the Trophy anti-missile system, and,… Keep reading →

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Lockheed Drops JLTV Suit; DOT&E Knocks Reliability

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Lockheed Martin just dropped its suit against the government for awarding the giant Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract to truck-maker Oshkosh. Why now? “After careful deliberation, Lockheed Martin has withdrawn its protest of the JLTV contract award decision in the Court of Federal Claims” was all the company would say. But it turns out… Keep reading →

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